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1913 Excerpt: ...difficult to comprehend this downward series. His
land, his country, to the bare savage is narrowly restricted. This
little stretch of beach from which he may launch his canoe, this
stream upon which he may build his flimsy shelter, this small clear
spot in the jungle upon which he may plant his food and yet remain
within reach of the support of his fellows by the exercise of
nimble legs or the frantic shout--this is all the land of which he
can say that it is his own. All else is forest; there dwell the
spirits which work him evil, there roam the inland tribes more
brutal and more savage than himself, for absurdly there are social
degrees even at this unsocial basement of society. Therefore his
connotation of the word land embraces no more than the tiny acreage
upon which he lives in his peace and his comfort in the protection
of his neighbors; land so exiguous is dignified when we call it
village. In certain of these communities the village becomes the
house. I can not find that the community house develops from any
sense of greater convenience in building or of greater security
when built; for the savage, iron-ruled by his traditions, is little
actuated by considerations which partake of the nature of free
will. More probably it is a case of the dominance of the religious
tyranny which is ever strongest with the ignorant; the omens are
taken for the whole community when the first post of the home is
set; the house is made a community house in order that all the folk
may share the good omen. It is in the region of the long community
house that we find that the land word has become a house word.
Acting in the opposite direction, we find an instance in which the
house word (ruma, cf. item 14) has passed to the village sense;
this is uma of the Kayans of Bor...
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Carnegie Institution of Washington
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